For those that can’t make it in person this season, a Facebook gallery showcases details and information about each of the rooms.
Now through the week of Jan. 20, visitors to the Cathedral of Learning who take a Nationality Rooms tour will get to see festive decorations throughout.
Many of the rooms feature large trees decorated with ornaments aligned with each culture’s traditions. In the Czechoslovakian Room, visitors will see handblown glass ornaments, while trees in the Swiss and Norwegian rooms feature small replicas of the countries’ flags.
First-come, first-served guided tours are available Dec. 26-31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the information counter ($4 for adults; $2 for kids ages 6-18). No reservations are accepted. There are no tours Dec. 24-25, 2019, or Jan. 1, 2020.
All but one of the Nationality Rooms are functional classrooms. Many have been modernized with low-energy LED bulbs in fixtures that, due to historicity, cannot be otherwise replaced. In collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the University Center for Teaching and Learning, many also now feature modern technology camouflaged to match the design of the room around it.
Only the Early American Room is non-functional, due to its design featuring a large, wooden desk at which some students might sit with their backs to the chalkboard. Accessible only with a tour guide, the room is also the only one with two levels, with a purportedly haunted bedroom space above the large fireplace on the first level.